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Ingredients / Re: Just can't find the best hop trellis design.
« on: March 31, 2010, 10:31:30 AM »
I like this one:, but it may not solve your problem of having too much lateral intermingling unless you space them a lot.

The Pub / Mosquitoes
« on: March 30, 2010, 11:08:49 AM »
This came from CEN March 15,2010:

"Finally, should you be inclined to down a pint on St. Patty's Day, try to avoid doing so in regions prone to malaria.  Opt for Ireland over a West African country such as Burkina Faso.  A recent study published in PLoS One finds that people who consume BEER are far more appealing to malaria-bearing mosquitoes than those who drink water (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0009546).  The authors of the study believe that alcohol metabolism increases the breath and odor markers that attract mosquitoes.  Sláinte!"

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy Magazine?
« on: March 30, 2010, 10:27:52 AM »
Publishing Zymurgy's recipes in BeerXML and linking them from the website or forum (in both XML and rendered HTML) would be helpful in many ways, big and small.


Equipment and Software / Re: sanitation
« on: March 25, 2010, 01:49:57 PM »
...some fragrance and lotion free hand sanitizer

aka denatured ethanol.

Equipment and Software / Re: sanitation
« on: March 25, 2010, 06:54:58 AM »
I agree and that's what I do but once an item is rinsed in sanitizer can you just handle it.  Is rinsing my hand in sanitizer enough?

Anything you touch w/your hand isn't sanitized.  You need to hold what ever it is somewhere that isn't going to contact the beer.  So - any tubing has to be handled downstream from where it will touch the beer - the racking cane from the top - the bottles from the outside - the hydrometer from the very tip top etc.

I like your idea of gloves,  once they are sanitary they should be good until they come in contact w/something you touch.

I usually clean the keg w/PBW. Once you keg you almost never go back!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Mystery yeast.
« on: March 23, 2010, 10:12:44 PM »
...No sense in throwing away good yeast.

Unless you don't know what kind it is  ::)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: When is it cheating?
« on: March 22, 2010, 10:34:36 PM »
If I brew my own beer.  Drink my own beer.  Don't enter competitions.  Am I still cheating?   ;)  Heck, this is 'merica,  we don't even have a Reinheitsgibberish.  If you take a short cut & use lactic acid is that different than using malt syrup instead of grain?

If someone is misrepresenting what they've done, they're cheating.  If they want to buy a commercial beer and put their own cap & label on it, and win a competition - enjoy the ribbon.  Hey, it's their eternal soul that'll pay the price not mine.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Higher SG than OG?
« on: March 22, 2010, 10:00:18 PM »
How hot was the wort when you first measured it?  Hot liquids are thinner than cool ones.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Water adjustments: Strike vs. Sparge
« on: March 22, 2010, 09:57:43 PM »
I'd put it in the strike water, provided that your water is ok to begin with.  If you have chloraminated water you might want to use a campden tablet in the water that you'll sparge with too.

All Things Food / Re: Hard boiled eggs...what is your secret?
« on: March 22, 2010, 09:41:26 PM »
Don't boil the eggs in beer.  Drink the beer.  Drink more beer, forget about the eggs.

The Pub / Re: Odd Ways You Never Thought to Make Money
« on: March 19, 2010, 11:29:54 AM »
I hope to finally get started on a book I've been talking to Brewers Publications about.

It's about time.   ;)

I'd say. Let me know if you want or need a ghost writer.

If you're writing a book for Brewer's publications, it should be about beer not ghosts or time. ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: FYI: blind taste test
« on: March 17, 2010, 04:34:18 PM »
I had my wife serve me four glasses of Miller, two from a bottle and two from a can, all prepared in the kitchen while I waited in the living room.  I can tell the difference 100% of the time.  The bottled beer is clean while the canned beer has a dull cloyingly sweet and bitter flavor.  Just in case anybody wanted to know if I would actually do the test.   ;)

How many times have you repeated this?  Is it can/bottle or lot/lot variability?

Man, I've been playing around with this for a LONG time.  I wondered about the very same chart.  I've been trying very late hop additions (after flameout, during whirlpool, etc), but feel as though I'm getting less hop aroma than the old 2 minute additions used to give me.  I need to take better data regarding addtion time, cooling time, etc. so that I can move from having a hunch to knowing.

Me too!  The more I brew the less I know.  Here's to killing more brain cells :D

The Pub / Re: Beer Drinking Music !
« on: March 17, 2010, 08:41:51 AM »
I almost puked in my mouth.  Most pop music from any era makes my skin crawl.

I'd agree, except for Jimmy Buffett - I consider myself a parrothead.

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